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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.




Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia,

October 19, 1864


Lieut. Gen. U.S. Grant,

Commanding Armies of the United States:

General: I have received your letter of the 18th instant, accompanying copies of letters from Judge Ould, commissioner of exchange of prisoners on the part of the Confederates States, and the Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War, and Lieutenant-Colonel Mulford, assistant commissioner of exchange of the United States. I understand your letter to be an acceptance of the general proposition submitted by Judge Ould for the relief of the prisoners held by both parties, and shall transmit it to him that arrangements be made for carrying it into effect. The necessary details will be submitted to you through Colonel Mulford for agreement. In order to simplify the matter and to remove, as far as possible, causes of complaint, I suggest that the articles sent by either party should be confined to those necessary for the comfort and health of the prisoners, and that officer selected from among them to receive and distribute the articles should be given only such a parole while so engaged as to afford him the necessary facilities to attend properly to the matter.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R E Lee





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 7, pp. 1009-1010

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2017 August 25

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